Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTUndoubtedly, Lorraine Green, Mayor Vincent C. Gray's campaign chairwoman; Howard Brooks, a Gray campaign consultant; and former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown have a lot on their minds these days.
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:00:00 ESTTed Leonsis, the owner of Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards, could do D.C. taxpayers a huge favor by taking back the two luxury suites that the late Abe Pollin gave the mayor and the D.C. Council.
Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTD.C.'s leaders have hit a new low for entitled squabbling.
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTShe was 11 years old and pregnant. A preteen herself, the girl delivered the baby while under the supervision of child protective services, a clear sign of serious issues in her young life. The medical, psychological, social and emotional support she received, however, came by way of the Teen...
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTBurglarizing the Bishop John Walker School violated something good east of the river.
Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTHere we are, another Black History Month: time to lionize great black men and women of the past. Twenty-eight days to praise the first African American to do this and the first African American who did that. Another month of looking back with pride - as we ignore the calamity in our midst.
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTIt's nothing short of amazing that during Mayor Vince Gray's meet-and-greet session with House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, the subject of one of the most anti-District proposals to surface in Congress in decades never came up.
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:00:00 ESTA tale about the poor, and what's in store for D.C. taxpayers.
Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:00:00 EST"You are a [expletive] idiot. Eat [expletive] and die. Happy New Year you brain dead maggot." - Jan. 1, 2011, 9:34 AM."
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTLet's take a closer look at an issue that folks don't like to talk about because it means acknowledging an unpleasant truth: Teen pregnancy in the District is helping to do us in.
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTIf experience, maturity and leadership abilities are key ingredients in the makeup of a good mayor, then the most qualified person to lead the District will take the oath of office tomorrow. Vince Gray - a 68-year-old native Washingtonian, product of public schools, George Washington University...
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST'Naughty' or 'nice' determined which politicians received presents versus coal.
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTOnce noted for academic rigor, it's now a place where students feel unsafe.
Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:05:00 ESTDemocrats will pay a steep price if they oppose Obama in 2012.
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:32:00 ESTEstablishment conservatives' opposition to Sarah Palin smacks of elitism.
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe "Let's sink Obama" crowd dimisses economic reform they should applaud.
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhy has it taken so long to see the ethical cloud blanketing Prince George's County?
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhy does the District pay to bus homeless men downtown?
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray joins President Obama for lunch at the White House on Dec. 1, it will be a meeting between two politicians who had sharply divergent election night experiences. Obama, in his own words, took a "shellacking" Tuesday evening as he watched his party lose control of t...
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTPresumptive mayor Vince Gray hasn't even taken office and he already appears to be cruising for a bruising. What else to think after hearing about his strategy for making up the city's $175 million budget shortfall. At his final town hall meeting this week, Gray said he and the D.C. Council would...
Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's likely that a GOP-led Congress would meddle in D.C. affairs.
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTRhee's supporters hail her as a profile in courage but her predecessor paved the way for success.
Sat, 09 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTAs fortuitous scheduling would have it, the District's elected leaders will probably escape having to account for their actions on the city's growing budget deficit. At least they won't have to explain their votes before the polls open on Nov. 2, Election Day.
Sat, 02 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTAt least one organization has figured out how to help young victims of violence in Washington.
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's not all about the "racial divide," folks. In last week's D.C. Democratic primary, voters in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 went for mayoral candidate Vincent Gray in a big way. That victory prompted some to suggest that racial politics was at play : that black people were rejecting Mayor Adrian Fenty...
Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTToday it's D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the bonfire of the Korans. Admittedly, unrelated topics. Think of this as a two-fer.
Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTNine years ago today, three D.C. public school teachers, chaperoning three 11-year-old sixth- grade students, joined two National Geographic Society staff members at Dulles International Airport to board American Airlines Flight 77 bound for Los Angeles International Airport.
Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt started with Linda Singer . Her appointment as D.C. attorney general in January 2007 was the first decision by incoming Mayor Adrian Fenty to raise eyebrows in grocery stores, beauty parlors, barbershops and churches where black Washingtonians congregate.
Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT"I don't want to see my son end up like that," said Rhonda Hart when we spoke by phone in May. Hart was referring to three teens under the care of the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services who had just been charged with the slaying of D.C. school principal Brian Betts.
Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTD.C. mayoral candidates ought to address their credentials more on two big issues.
Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTVoters are being bombarded with accusations that, if true, ought to have consequences at the polls.
Sat, 07 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTEmotions are riding high over much the same issue that animated many black voters 16 years ago.
Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTMichelle Rhee is not the issue in the 2010 District elections. I made this point three weeks ago, and several parents wrote to voice their strong disagreement. The D.C. schools chancellor, they said, is the difference between the status quo, which governed the old school system, and the forward-l...
Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTMayor Fenty was correct to order a review of D.C.'s rehabilitation operations, and here's why.
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTCan America prepare for China's new fortune?
Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTA vote for D.C.'s mayor should not be considered a vote for D.C.'s schools chancellor.
Sat, 03 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTExactly 49 years ago today, July 3, 1961, Gwendolyn Stewart of Orange, N.J., to the consternation of many folks of sound mind, married me and, two hours later, boarded a train at Union Station that took us to Indianapolis, where I reported for duty as a newly minted 2nd lieutenant with the Adjutant...
Sat, 26 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTMother of slain Southeast teen goes up against mayor for answers.
Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTFamily, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day. So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative...
Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTI wish I could say that the slaughter of black youth by other black youth is ending. It's not.
Sat, 05 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhat every D.C. voter needs to know from the candidates vying to represent them.
Sat, 29 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT"If the elections were held today, Adrian Fenty would lose." That from one of the District's most astute political observers who spoke to me this week on background because of his relationship with both mayoral candidates, Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. His observation wasn't...
Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWill the anti-incumbent mood make itself felt in the District's elections?
Sat, 15 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTAny viable challengers for Ward 1's Jim Graham?
Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWe have a juvenile justice system that looks good only on paper.
Sat, 01 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWill a basketball player, turned political guru, topple an esteemed lawmaker?
Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTD.C. needs a constitutional amendment to get a House vote.
Sat, 17 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe teenager accused in Southeast killings grew up in a world without innocence.
Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTTea Party followers would be right at home with George Wallace.
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTSoutheast shooting shows D.C. youths are still free to kill and die.
Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Tea partiers can be traced back to the likes of George Wallace and the KKK.
Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe mayoral and council elections could shake up the district this year.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTD.C.'s earmark money could have been spent helping juvenile offenders.
Sat, 06 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTMarion Barry abused a system that was improperly managed and poorly monitored.
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTPresident Obama should have realized that Washington insiders come at a price.
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTBarack Obama and Marion Barry have strikingly different definitions of the word.
Sat, 13 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTForty years of observing Marion Barry, and he can still make my jaw drop.
Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTI'm not the least bit surprised by the new Post poll that finds D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's support has sharply eroded among D.C. residents , especially African Americans. The poll confirms observations made in this column for nearly a year [" What the mayor won't tell you about D.C. ," March 21,...
Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTOn Jan. 19, a Maryland weapons owner accused of plotting to kill then-presidential candidate Barack Obama -- reportedly because he didn't like Obama's gun-control positions -- was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison. On that same date, the liberal Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun...
Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTDoes anyone in D.C. care about a murdered teenager?
Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTObama's budget chief strays from the president's prescriptions for fatherhood.
Sat, 09 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTAthleticism is not synonymous with integrity, fidelity or good sense.
Sat, 02 Jan 2010 00:00:00 ESTIt's not the city it was 10 years ago.
Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST"What is freedom of expression?" Salman Rushdie once asked. "Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist." Ride a Metrobus in this city, and you'll see an example of what Rushdie is talking about.
Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTIs free shuttle service on H Street really necessary during a budget shortfall?
Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTWhat were five young men from Northern Virginia doing in Pakistan?
Sat, 05 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe rest of the world seems willing to hold our coat while we fight in Afghanistan.
Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTThe selection of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for President Obama's announcement of his new Afghanistan war strategy is media manipulation worthy of Michael Deaver, the legendary image protector of Ronald Reagan. What better setting than an audience of military cadets to project Obama ...
Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTFor years to come in Washington, we shall have a deep chasm that Abe Pollin used to fill.
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTWhen will someone help the violent young men of D.C.?
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTHis alleged killing spree was not only violent, but an unforgivable act of betrayal.
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTThree columns last month about gang violence in D.C. public schools might leave the impression that I believe youth gangs are a recent development in the nation's capital [" Trouble Waits After Class Is Dismissed ," Oct 3; " Talk Won't Stop a Predatory Gang ," Oct. 10; and " Prayers Over Priorities...
Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 ESTWill his outsized ego get in the way of his accomplishments?
Sat, 31 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhy is Rhee the punching bag when hundreds of juvenile offenders are roaming free?
Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTGang activity is thriving in schools, while rape and murder are doing well in the streets.
Sat, 17 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTHow the D.C. Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services contributes to violence.
Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhere is the school security that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier assured me?
Sat, 03 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDTStudents eager to learn, educators ready to teach, a
Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTA room of people who oppose the Afghanistan war; now that's who Obama should talk to.
Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhat was a violent ex-con doing in a D.C. public school?
Sat, 12 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThere's an ugliness and hatred loose in the land -- unleashed by the angry right.
Sat, 05 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTAs the deaths pile up, the records of dangerous juvenile offenders remain sealed.
Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe grave consequence of downsizing the District's juvenile detention facilities.
Sat, 22 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTAnywhere else, a gun toll exceeding that of Baghdad would evoke horror.
Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTA routine traffic stop becomes a lesson about 'being a black man in America.'
Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt turns out D.C. stands for 'Disorderly Conduct.'
Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe president missed an opportunity to teach an important lesson to Americans.
Sat, 25 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTNeighborhood watch is a good thing, right?
Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTHow some D.C. youths got easy access to the new drug of choice on the streets.
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTHe has gotten by for too long behaving as if he's accountable only to himself.
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDTToday's celebration of Independence Day is a far cry from the one I saw in 1952.
Sat, 27 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhen to back off a public official who's had an extramarital affair.
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTNot all dads are there to celebrate. Is there hope for a return to the Father's Day of old?
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTWhat to make of von Brunn's shooting, which happened on the eve of a celebration.
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDTWords have consequences whether they come from me, Limbaugh, Hannity or O'Reilly.
Sat, 30 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTIt would be a crying shame if a black man helped destroy the Voting Rights Act.
Sat, 23 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe feds can't control D.C. inmates. How do they expect to handle al-Qaeda?
Sat, 16 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe mayor's riding high on a wave of self-importance, but it could catch up with him.
Sat, 09 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe death of a 17-year-old deserves more attention in the media and the community.
Sat, 02 May 2009 00:00:00 EDTTo all the knuckleheads perpetuating the media's image of black men: Knock it off.